International Media Arts Festival 2019 Ulaanbaatar
For the Ulaanbaatar International Media Arts Festival (IMAF) Maarten van der Glas and Sara Orfali were invited to realise the opening act for the festival. The opening act comprised of a live surround video projection in the Dinosaur Museum of Ulanbataar, live motion tracking of a dancer and special video effects. Maarten van der Glas developed a custom rendering system and tracking system.
Arts Counsel Mongolia initiated the UIMAF in 2016 with the commitment to facilitate innovation, collaboration, strategic growth and cultural impact for the media arts in Mongolia.
The 4th edition of UBIMAF reflects on the theme of migration. Global events over the last decade make this an apt topic for artistic engagement.
The festival opening will take place at the Central Museum of Dinosaurs on June 27, 2019 with experimental performance “Arrival” a joint work by Mongolian, Dutch and German artists.
GREETING FROM THE GOETHE-INSTITUT
In an open, multilateral curatorial process, the Goethe-Institutes from 9 countries in East and Southeast Asia brought together curators from Mongolia, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Thailand, Indonesia, and Singapore to examine the relationship between art and migration.
The first of these exhibitions is the Ulaanbaatar International Media Art Festival.
MIGRATION IN MONGOLIA
UBIMAF reflects on the theme of migration. Global events over the last decade make this an apt topic for artistic and scholarly engagement. In 2019 the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees estimated that there are 68.5 million forcibly displaced people worldwide.
Given the themes of UBMAF, it is appropriate that this festival is held in Ulaanbaatar: a city whose population has rapidly increased over the last thirty years under the influence of significant internal migration.
Behind the scenes